Choc Chip Superfood Cookies
07/05/2018 | Tamara Brown
A nut-free, sugar-free chocolaty treat that offers a strong nutritional PUNCH!
his recipe is featured in The Raw Food Girl's Sweets & Treats eBook, along with 50 others nutritiously raw snacks.
A word from The Raw Food Girl
This is usually what I give my kids when they want something fancy to take to school. There is just so much nutrition packed into every one of these cookies that you won’t feel guilty at all giving it to them. If fact, you’ll be begging them to eat it.
In the original version of this recipe, I used raw honey in place of the rice malt syrup, and vegan chocolate chips in place of the cacao nibs. The original version was a tad sweeter, but I prefer this one because now it’s 100% FRUCTOSE FREE. Admittedly, some children find cacao nibs too bitter (even when hidden in a yummy cookie) so use them sparingly or not at all.
You could always substitute the cacao nibs for some chunks of Loving Earth’s Raw Organic Coconut Mylk Chocolate, which is a decadently delicious dairy free block of chocolate. Yummo.
Or, use the recipe for Raw Chocolate Chips that I have listed in my Dessert Pizza post – they will work too.
What I love most about this recipe is that it sneaks in lots of cool ingredients that your kids (and possibly you) might not eat all the time.
Take maca powder for instance. This stuff is just the bomb. It’s not only a good source of proteins, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron and B vitamins, but it can also help correct hormonal imbalances including menstrual and menopausal disorders.
I met a lady recently who swore that taking maca powder daily basically cured her of all the discomfort associated with going through menopause. Total wowsers.
Flax and chia are packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids, which is important for brain development. And since chia seeds contain 5 times more calcium than milk, it’s probably a good idea to get some into your kids. Daily.
And let’s not forgot the King of Superfoods: raw cacao. To the Aztecs, the cacao bean was the food of the Gods. And why wouldn’t it be, since it’s the primary ingredient in chocolate and who doesn’t love that.
Raw cacao beans provide one of the highest sources of antioxidants, which helps to lower free radical activity.These free radicals are chemicals that can alter or damage the body if left unneutralised, so eating foods rich in antioxidants is a must. Cacao also providesa decent amount of iron and calcium, and a heap of magnesium. So yeah, it’s good stuff.
Just don’t eat cacao too close to bed time though, because it also contains Theobromine, which acts as a natural stimulant and can keep you awake. This article explains the difference between Theobromine and caffeine quite well.
I generally stick to putting it in my morning smoothies and healthy day time snacks, like these Choc Chip Super Food Cookies!